BOARD OF TRUSTEES
A Board of Trustees governs The Gillispie School. Members are chosen from those in the parent body and community interested in the School’s success. The Board meets monthly to review the School’s progress and provide recommendations. The Board’s responsibilities include developing and establishing policies that safeguard the mission of Gillispie; hiring, supporting, and evaluating the Head of School; ensuring the acquisition and oversight of the School’s financial resources and facilities, and developing strategic plans that carry out the School’s mission.
2019-2020 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Linda Kao, President
Greg Spiro, Vice-President
Avelina Kauffman, Secretary
Tom Halsey, Treasurer
Pietro La Greca, Jr.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2019-20 COMMITTEES
Audit/Risk Management Committee
The primary function of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its financial and compliance oversight responsibilities. The Committee reviews the findings of the independently prepared annual audit and the School’s system of internal controls and ethics policies that the Administration of the School and the Board have established.
The objective of the Finance Committee is to support the mission and strategic objectives of the School by ensuring its operations are conducted in a fiscally prudent and responsible fashion. The Finance Committee helps manage the School’s operating budget and assesses short-term and long-term capital requirements.
The objective of the Investment Subcommittee is to responsibly manage the Gillispie School Endowment for Excellence in Teaching and other assets of the School. The Investment Committee establishes and ensures adherence to a well-defined investment policy as well as investment return targets through the management of third-party investment advisers.
The Governance Committee oversees all matters related to the by-laws and governing policies and articulates in writing trustee requirements and expectations. In addition to recommending a slate of officers for Board approval, the Committee assembles a prioritized list of trustee candidates whose skills and efforts will advance the mission of the School. Finally, the Committee is responsible for overseeing the annual Board and Head of School evaluations.
Working in conjunction with the Director of Advancement and Community Relations, the Committee supports the development initiatives of the School and helps educate Gillispie families on the importance of regular philanthropic giving. It also investigates, with the Finance Committee, alternative sources of revenue, and with the Communications Committee, organizes events that are in keeping with the School’s mission.
Community Relations Committe
The Community Relations Committee seeks out opportunities to extend Gillispie’s presence in the community by partnering with like-minded institutions. Members also serve as an advisory group that includes administrators, trustees, and community members who act as a relational marketing group.
Building & Grounds Committee/Master Planning Committee
On an annual basis, the Buildings and Grounds Committee reviews preventative maintenance items and budgets; Physical Plant Replacement, Repairs, and Special Maintenance (PPRRSM) allowances; and annual and five-year capital budgets. Additionally, the Committee works with administration to make recommendations to the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees on real property opportunities, proposed campus building projects, and long-range strategic planning of facilities through the Master Plan.